Starring: Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Scoot McNairy, Bradley Whitford, Sebastian Stan, Jade Pettyjohn, Toby Huss, Zach Villa, James Jordan, Beau Knapp
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Crime thriller directed by Karyn Kusama, in which the story centers on LAPD detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman), who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 18)
[referring to the dead body]
Erin Bell: Who is it?
Male Officer: No ID, no idea.
Erin Bell: What about if I know who did this?
Det. Kudra: Well, I don’t know. Then we could probably use that, Detective. I mean, are you going to solve this right now then or what?
[as Erin walks away she gives him the finger]
Det. Kudra: Yeah, fuck you, too.
Gil Lawson: We’re placing our agent undercover with a local asset, Sheriff’s Deputy. This is her.
[opens up Erin’s file to show a photo her]
Other Agent: This girl?
Gil Lawson: She’ll look right enough next to our guy.
DiFranco: [to Erin] I did some Googling, Detective Bell. I know your whole sad story. The bank. What you failed to prevent. Oof. You know what successful people do, Detective Bell? They get over shit. They move on, and they build things. Big fucking houses on cliffs in Palos Verdes. Would you consider your life since Palm Springs a success?
DiFranco: You chose to play cops and robbers, and you lost, big.
Erin Bell: Silas is a murderer.
DiFranco: You’re barking up the wrong tree, honey. And the more you insist on doing it, the sadder and stupider you look. You know? Do you think it was your stupidity that got those people killed?
DiFranco: [to Erin] How did you think this was going to go? Did you think you were going to roll up here with your badge, ask a few questions with that hang dog look, and I’d just confess? Has that ever happened?
[referring to Shelby]
Erin Bell: She’s better off with you.
Ethan: That’s bullshit.
Erin Bell: You think that’s easy for me to say? Take her. Let one good thing come from my shit.
[referring to Shelby]
Jay: You know, she is never going to love you, you know?
Erin Bell: Doesn’t have to.
Erin Bell: I know what it’s like to grow up mad.
Shelby: Well, that’s not my fucking fault.
Erin Bell: I didn’t want that for you. I’m mad. I’m still fucking mad. It’s burned a circuit in my brain. But it’s, that’s, it’s just an excuse.
Erin Bell: Someone very important, your dad, was killed.
[referring to Chris]
Erin Bell: It’s my fault that he died. It’s my fault that other people died.
Erin Bell: I’m not good. I’m the one who’s bad. It’s not you. Alright?
Erin Bell: [to Shelby] I’m sorry for lying to you. I lied. I stole. And worse.
Erin Bell: [to Shelby] You can be better than me.
Silas: [to Erin] There’s nobody fucking watching. But I see who you are.
Silas: [to Erin] You didn’t get away.
[Erin shoots and kills him]
Erin Bell: I’m tired, Chris. I’ve spent my whole fucking life scrapping, jealous, hungry, scared. I just want to spend one fucking day on the other side of that.
Chris: I know. That’s me, too. But this isn’t the way.
Erin Bell: Please. You got to give me this. Please? I need this. You want me to say it? I’ll fucking say it. Do it for me. For us.
Chris: Do you love me?
Erin Bell: You know I do.
Chris: Because if we do this, you got to promise me you’re not going anywhere. It’s you and me, you understand? Because that’s the only reason.
[Erin kisses him]
Erin Bell: Fuck, yeah. I’m in.
Chris: Anything goes wrong, anything, someone gets their hair mussed, we pull the pin.
Erin Bell: Mm-hmm.
Chris: We identify. Shut it down, okay?
Erin Bell: Yeah. Yeah.
Chris: And we accept the consequences.
Erin Bell: Yes.
Chris: Nobody gets a fucking scratch.
Erin Bell: It’s good. The plan is good.
Chris: I’m doing this for you. Only you.
Erin Bell: I know. I love you.
Chris: I love you, too.
[last lines; as Erin watches Chris walk away]
Erin Bell: Nice ass.
Chris: It’s all yours.
Total Quotes: 18
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